Uzbek Minister Urges Greater Efforts To Stabilize Afghanistan
United Nations, 17 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Uzbek Foreign Minister Elyor Ganiev said yesterday that Central Asia is plagued by a convergence of terrorism, extremism, and drug trafficking.
Ganiev's speech to the UN General Assembly summit was dominated by concerns about terrorism and regional instability.
He said the stabilization of Afghanistan has become "unjustifiably delayed" and that international donors have not followed through on their promises to the country.
Ganiev also expressed frustration with what he said was the failure by the international community to coordinate an effective counternarcotics strategy for Afghanistan and Central Asia. At the same time, he said, demilitarizing the region has become more important under current circumstances.
Uzbekistan recently notified Washington it wants the U.S. military to vacate a base in the country used as a staging area for forces working to stabilize Afghanistan.